Bonnie Franklin, who starred on the television sitcom One Day at a Time, playing the single mother to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips, passed away today at the age of 69. Franklin passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer, which she was diagnosed with last year.
Franklin’s impressive career spanned over fives decades. At a young age, she starred in many stage shows. As she got older, Franklin gradually starred in several televisions shows. But it was One Day at a Time which ran on CBS from 1975-1984 that made her a household name. The show was developed by Norman Lear, who was the creative mind behind such iconic sitcoms as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude. While a comedy, the show dealt with numerous social issues including birth control, premarital sex and suicide. In 2010, the cast reunited at the 2012 TV Land Awards and the show was honored with The Innovation Award.
After the show concluded its run, Franklin continued to act and even became a director, directing a few television shows. She also continued her acting career on television and stage.
Franklin was married twice and had no children.
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